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  •  Finland was also the first country (3+ / 0-)
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    To make internet access a basic civil right.

    It happens that my boss and several colleagues are Finns and I'm Shanghainese, so we have had some interesting discussions regarding educational systems and traditions, as well as needs (for example, one reason Asians cram is to attain basic literacy in a written language that requires a fair amount of rote memorization).

    What we seem to have in common is the functional need to be multilingual, a tradition of scholarship (teachers are held in high regard in both cultures) and a belief in the value of higher education as a key to success in life. The major difference Finns have is, I think, a more advanced and holistic approach, but Shanghai is one place in China where there is now a greater focus on promoting socialization and independent reasoning, and greater choice of elective subject studies.

    The philosophy of education is important to me as the parent of a 4 year old in her first year of kindergarten.

    My little student contemplates change:

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    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 10:47:50 AM PST

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      Yi-Yi's favorite school activity now is farming: she is very excited about her class flower garden & vegetable patch. Fun stuff.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 10:51:57 AM PST

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